The word “comparison” has been coming up in prayer frequently over the last few months. Today I decided to ask for wisdom that I might share it with you and perhaps free us all from something. It turns out to be much more insidious than I suspected. I was wondering why I felt unproductive. Why was I not writing anything of depth or benefit to the Body of Christ? Why haven’t I had visions and revelation lately? As I began to pray, the Holy Spirit began to reveal the stumbling block. I was comparing myself to other writers and prophetic people.
When we compare ourselves to others, it opens nasty doors that suck you in to self-destructive thinking, torment and insecurity. The bell in my head should have gone off, but I missed it. The Holy Spirit said to me, with realization of a gifting, anointing, assignment or promise, comes an attack. The enemy isn’t going to stand idle and let you grow in power without trying to take it from you. James 4:7. Good news, we have already won, so stand up and defend your position!
Mark 3 is a fascinating chapter, so full of wisdom and character that it took a couple of days to soak it all in. In verses 22-30, after being scrutinized and accused by the Pharisees, Jesus was angry and grieved. He mourned the blindness of the religious leaders and the false doctrine they forced on the people. He wasn’t worried about what they could do to Him, He was grieved at their hard hearts. Jesus was full of the Spirit of God. He was full of the Dunamis power, the excellent might and glorious explosive power of God that could not be quenched. So, Jesus instructed his disciples and delegated to them, His Exousia power of God, empowering them to preach the good news, heal the sick and cast out demons. The Exousia is defined as the delegated authority to use and administer the Dunamis power of God. That authority passes to us as believers, and it has never been rescinded. Wait, what? Yeah, read that again.
Therefore, when the enemy comes against you to distract and take your joy in the Lord, your very identity in Christ and keep you from using the giftings and callings (which are irrevocable), stand your ground. Use that authority delegated to you by the Lord Jesus Himself and resist the devil and he will flee from you. It is written, it is the final word on the matter. Stand. Use your weapons with joy and expect the victory that you already have by the blood of the lamb! You are not powerless, you are mighty and you wield the Dunamis. May the shalom peace of God overtake you and bring you to your knees in joy at the wisdom and provision of our almighty God! Blessings.